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  • Writer's picturePaul Evans app shines in new academic study

"Based on the statistical results, the participants` performance significantly increased by using a task-based MAPT-tool compared to the control group" - Sara Ragazhi, the study's author

A new University of Groningen, Applied Linguistic Department study recently investigated whether using task-based pronunciation training via mobile apps can help improve pronunciation accuracy.

The findings revealed a high level of motivation and benefit when using the app as an out-of-class tool for ESL students.

Students practiced classically challenging consonants such as /θ/ and /w/ over two week task cycles, some with the aid of the app and some without.

The study also looked at the correlation between motivation factors for pronunciation and learning for intermediate ESL students.

The comparison between the control and experimental group clearly demonstrates a considerable advantages to using task-based MAPT tools such as for pronunciation accuracy.

Further more, 100% of participants reported that MAPT tools on mobile phones positively affected their pronunciation accuracy.

In essence, students had the chance to increase their confidence regarding pronunciation proficiency through task repetition.

Participants also reported that using language learning applications on mobile devices not only facilitates easily accessible learning resources but increased pronunciation proficiency and learners` autonomy.


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